Bolivia recognises Palestine as independent stateBy DPA, IANS
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
LA PAZ - Bolivia has recognised Palestine as an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Wednesday.
Morales told a press conference at the presidential palace in La Paz that he planned to write to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, informing him of the decision.
Bolivia severed diplomatic ties with Israel in January 2009 over the military offensive in Gaza.
Earlier this month, Brazil and Argentina recognised Palestine as an independent state within its borders prior to 1967, in decisions that the US and Israel slammed as counterproductive and damaging.
Venezuela also recognises Palestine as a sovereign state, while Uruguay has announced plans to do so next year.
Legislators from ruling and opposition parties in Chile have stepped up pressure on the government of President Sebastian Pinera to grant the same recognition to Palestine. Chile has a large Palestinian community of more than 300,000 people.